Pilatus has entered the business jet age, unveiling the PC-24 twin-jet at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exposition (EBACE) in Geneva this week. Work on the prototype is underway, with roll-out scheduled for the third quarter of 2014. The PC-24 will take off on its maiden flight towards the end of 2014.
Pilatus says the PC-24 will be the first business jet worldwide with the ability to use very short runways, paved or unpaved, and a cargo door as standard.
The cabin interior will be available in a choice of different configurations ranging from an executive layout with 6-8 passenger seats to a commuter setup with room for up to 10 passengers, or combi-versions with space for passengers and cargo, through to special installations for emergency medical flights.
The PC-24, powered by two Williams FJ44-4A turbines, will reach a maximum speed of 425kt. The maximum range with four passengers is expected to be 3,610 km.
The list price (at projected 2017 costs) is approximately US$8.9 million. First orders will be taken at EBACE in 2014.
Certification by European and US authorities is planned for early 2017.